August 29, 2008
73′ N. Vidic
90′ P. Scholes (yellow, red card)
Zenit St Petersburg won the Eurpean Super Cup for the first time in their history after beating Manchester United 2-1 in Monaco.United and Paul Scholes looked to have drawn level in the last minute but Scholes had risen well only to slap a Wes Brown cross into the net. He was duly booked, and as it was his second, was sent off!!
Goals either side of half-time from Pavel Pogrebnyak and Danny Alves were enough but the Russian Champions had to hold on for the last twenty minutes as United laid siege to their goal.
Zenit’s first came on the stroke of half-time – the timing was harsh but it was deserved. A near post Igor Denisov flick looked to be heading in, but Pogrebnyak made sure – charging in late to head home.
And Danny added to that lead on the 58th minute. Picking the ball up a full forty yards out Zenit’s new record signing weaved his way past Nemanja Vidic and Ferdinand before waiting for Van der Sar to go down and sliding it the other way. And that looked to be that.
But Vidic set up a tense finale after tucking away from close range after a Tevez and Rooney combined following a near post Nani corner.
WHAT ABOUT THIS THEN?
August 29, 2008
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August 27, 2008
An impressive all-round display by Arsenal booked their place in the Champions League group stages beating FC Twente 4-0 at the Emirates and 6-0 on aggregate.
Arsene Wenger’s team began the better with the Dutch side providing little threat to Manuel Almunia’s goal.Johan Djourou turned in the box but he missed the target from 12 yards-out as the home side began to dominate the game.
Twente looked dangerous on the counter attack but Stein Huysegems failed to get his shot on target following an Arsenal corner.
McClaren’s side looked good on the ball but they rarely ever got a sustained period of possession during the first-half.
Robin Van Persie failed to take a good chance from just outside the area firing well over on 21.
Samir Nasri’s strike on 25 minutes put the Gunners into a deserved lead after dominating possession during the opening stages.
Walcott always looked dangerous on the right-wing taking on defenders and beating them for pace.
The England international also ended his runs with decent crosses into the box giving Twente’s defence plenty to worry about.
Shortly after the break Nicklas Bendnter had his shot saved but skipper William Gallas tapped in the rebound from close range for 2-0.
Youngster Walcott then curled in a right-footed shot from the edge of the area to end the tie as a contest.The only way the Dutch outfit looked likely to get on the scoresheet was through a set-piece or from a fast counter-attack.
With the game all but won the two sides battled out in midfield during the last 20 minutes, but the home side always had the upper hand.
Bendtner then got a goal of his own after good link-up play with Walcott in the area on 89 minutes.